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Scenic Byways and All-American Roads - New York

New information added on April 20, 2007

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June 2002:
"New Scenic Byways and All American Roads Designated"

July 2001:
"Monroe County, Illinois, Passes Resolution De-designating Scenic Byway"

See Also
See Also

Scenic Byways and All-American Roads - National

Canalway Trails and Canals

Defeating Land Designations

Government Control of Private Land

Heritage Rivers and Areas - National

Additional Resources
Additional Resources

Champlain Valley "Lakes to Locks" Scenic Byway and All American Road designations
For a packet of background information explaining threats to private property rights, please send $5.00 to cover postage and handling to:
Judy Ford
24 Rectory Street
Clintonville, NY 12924


National Scenic Byways
Federal Highway Administration web site
(The agency that administrates the National Scenic Byways and All American Roads)

Mississippi River Parkway Commission Newsletter
(The Mississippi River Parkway Commission presaged the gigantic Mississippi River Corridor proposal, the original national heritage corridor proposed when the Columbia River Gorge Commission and the like were in their infancy.)


In-Depth Information

  • Susan Allen"Scenic Byways Postscript" - By Susan Allen (PRFA, March 2007)
    Official publications for the Olympic Scenic Byway in northern New York reveal that local government resolutions to opt out were disregarded and that the Byway promotes wilderness values rather than local tourism facilities. The State's regional regulatory and zoning agency, the Adirondack Park Agency, is making a "Corridor Management Plan" for the tributary Scenic Byway, the "High Peaks Byway."
  • Entering Lake Champlain Watershed sign"Entering the Lake Champlain Watershed" - By Susan Allen (PRFA, May 2005)
    During late spring 2004, large highway signs suddenly appeared that declared, "Entering Lake Champlain Watershed" and "Entering Hudson River Watershed." The federally and state funded Lake Champlain Basin Program, which already has precipitated the regulatory scenic byway and many other programs, had spawned the Champlain Watershed Improvement Coalition of New York, which had the DOT place the signs. All of the signs disappeared late in the summer!
  • "Scenic Byways — Innocent Sounding Land Management" - By Susan Allen, Adirondack Park Agency Reporter, Speech to Seventh Annual New York Conference on Private Property Rights (PRFA, October 18, 2003)
    A succession of interlocking programs and preservation plans in northeastern New York build a juggernaut of restrictions on private Property. Included are federal and state Scenic Byways, Heritage Areas and watershed management.
  • "Bypassed — Jay rethinks Byways program" — By Bethany Kosmider, Contributing Writer, Plattsburg Press-Republican, March 5, 2003 (Reprinted by permission of the Press-Republican)
    Lacking adequate information from the sponsoring Adirondack North Country Association about the proposed New York State Olympic Trail Scenic Byway, the Jay Town Board voted to decline to be part the controversial program. The Town Board was concerned about future regulation of scenic views and more government rules about aesthetics. They were wary of the Byway Corridor Management Plan, which was not yet available for them to see what regulations could be in store.
  • "Signage issues plague Scenic Byways project" - By Lee Manchester, News Staff Writer, Lake Placid News, February 21, 2003 (Reprinted by permission of the Lake Placid News.)
    A controversy rages over the Olympic Trail Scenic Byway. Judy Ford, a Clintonville businesswoman, made public a letter from the N.Y. State DOT stating that a 1991 federal law "contained a provision prohibiting the erection of new signs adjacent to any federally funded highways designated as scenic byways."
  • Carol W. LaGrasse"Plan for Scenic Byway in Greene County Arouses Controversy" - By Carol W. LaGrasse (PRFA, December 2002)
    Athens Councilman Fred Dedrick has held up designation of Route 385 as a Scenic Byway because he fears that property rights will be infringed by sign prohibitions; a mandated management plan to be prepared by non-profit environmental groups; new zoning and land acquisition to protect the Scenic Byway and integrate it with the County Open Space Plan; and the lure of grants.
  • De-designation of (Meeting of the) Great Rivers Scenic Byway in Jersey County and Greene County, Illinois
    Official Letters - September 27, 2002 to December 4, 2002
    These letters document the success of private property rights activists to get the U.S. Dept. of Transportation to de-designate the federal Great Rivers Scenic Byway through two counties. "The MGRSB north of the Jersey/Green County line is now completely de-designated." - Don R. Keith, Division Right of Way Manager, U.S. Department of Transportation, Nov. 12, 2002 letter.
    • 1. Letter from Keith M. Sherman, Chief, Planning and Systems Section, Illinois Dept. of Transportation, to Don Little, Jersey County Board, December 4, 2002
    • 2. Letter from Don R. Keith, Division Right of Way Manager, U.S. Dept. of Transportation, to Linda M. Wheeler, Director, Office of Planning & Programming, Illinois Dept. of Transportation, November 12, 2002
    • 3. Letter from Keith J. Sherman, Chief, Planning and Systems Section, Illinois Dept. of Transportation to David Collins, Chairman, Jersey County Board, October 3, 2002
    • 4. Letter from Don R. Keith, Right-of-Way Program Manager, U.S. Department of Transportation, to Linda M. Wheeler, Director, Office of Planning & Programming, Illinois Dept. of Transportation, September 27, 2002

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